STUDENTS at an Inverness Royal Academy got an insight into the world of work at a mock disciplinary hearing this month.
Business Management students from Inverness Royal Academy took part in the workshop as part of a Business Awareness Programme at the school.
Pamela Struth BA, LLB, DipLP from Empire, which has offices in Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow, explained the case to the sixth formers, which was based on a real-life gross misconduct situation, involving inappropriate use of social media at work.
Ms Struth, who is a solicitor and HR advisor, explained the rights of the employee and the duties of the employer when conducting a disciplinary hearing, and asked the pupils to suggest a legal and fair conclusion.
She said: “The students were very engaged in learning about employment law and HR practices.
“They gave a lot of consideration to the impact such serious misconduct can have on employers, while taking account of the employee’s position and possible mitigating circumstances.
“All the students took the time to arrive at fair and considered decisions, with a few innovative solutions. It was great to see the students engaged in the exercise and it generated some interesting discussion on the topic and possible careers in HR and Law.
“I recognised that these very capable students are at a stage in their lives when they are considering their future. With that in mind, I was able to share some insights from my own career. I wish them all well in their studies and future careers.”
Catherine MacDonald, of Business Dynamics, has been delivering the Business Awareness Programme to schools in the Highlands and Moray for a number of years.
The programme is split into different areas of business and speakers from different businesses are invited to present to the students. The programme is run over two days and the students hear from professionals in areas such as marketing, management, PR, finance and HR.
All this culminates in the students splitting into groups to run their own mock business. Each taking on a professional role.
She said: “Learning direct form a professional is invaluable. The students at Inverness Royal College enjoyed the sessions, especially making decisions on the HR case study which involved using social media at work – with some now considering law or HR as career paths.
“Working in teams, the students learn communication skills, problem solving and presentation skills which are vital for the world of work.
“The teachers refer to the workshops when the pupils are back in class so the learning continues. We appreciate Pamela taking time to prepare for the students and, with her expertise and experience giving them a real insight into business.”
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